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To my endocrinologist, that is!~ Some of you may remember that in the past, I have thought of "firing" my endo. I've hung on through several months, even though I had my doubts. Today, there is no longer any doubt - it's time to move on. I have labs coming up on Oct. 12, and it's been six months since my last round. I should have gone in way before now since I have been feeling so bad, but I put it off, thinking it was just stressful circumstances that were making it worse. But after alot more research, I'm convinced that I NEED to have my free T3 checked (my endo never does Free T3, just Total T3). I called to ask if they would be willing to check Free T3, and they said no. They gave me some crazy line about it's not used much anymore and the test is sooo expensive (since when is that a reason not to check something?) blah blah blah. So, I'm done. I'm not even going to go back to get my labs checked. I found an online lab company that I can do labs through, and I have about 3 months of Armour left on my prescription, so I'm going to look for a new doctor. I've really not been impressed with them much the entire time I've been there, and you know, I'm just not willing to live with these symptoms, when I know there is better treatment out there.
If you made it this far, thanks for listening to the little rant there. Quick question though - what do you all think about going to a doctor of internal medicine rather than an endocrinologist? I think internal medicine doctors tend to be more holistic - getting to the root of the thyroid problem rather than just masking the symptoms. What do you think?
Woot!!! Good for you!! I have a GP who knows a lot about the thyroid and he does great. Any time I have gone to an endo, they have not dealt with me properly with controlling my levels. You def should check out the sticky on finding a good dr. Please keep us posted on how everything goes!
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I have seen two endos and both stunk. I am more likely to get a GP to test other things. My PCM told me that 'normally' for patients in maintenance they only check TSH, but then he did check free T3 and stuff, so I was happy.
When they persisted in questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:7 Sail Back to Me
Well, I checked out the links for finding a good doctor, and I think I found a good possibility. He has a website, so I was able to go on there and check out everything he believes about how to treat thyroid problems. He prescribes Armour, and checks Ft3 and Ft4 - CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??? Almost sounds too good to be true, after sifting through alot of other docs in my area that aren't on the same page with the correct testing. His office was also the nicest to deal with on the phone out of all the others I called. I am amazed at how rude some receptionists are when you are just looking for a little information! Anyway, in my original post, I mentioned thinking about seeing an doctor of internal medicine. That one didn't work out - his philosophy on his website was too New Age for me, and I personally am not comfortable with that stuff.